Rapid City first responders to receive $1,000 in COVID-19 hazard pay
Over 300 members of the Rapid City Fire and Police Departments will receive the payment for their service on the frontlines during the pandemic.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — First responders in Rapid City will get a thousand dollars in hazard pay in their next paycheck for calls they went on during the pandemic.
The Common Council approving the extra one-time payment by a vote of six-to-two for members of the Rapid City Fire Department and Rapid City Police Department who were to the frontlines during the pandemic.
The payment has been in discussion among the council for the last few weeks but questions remained as to where the money would come from. The funds will come from the city’s undesignated cash in the general fund. Undesignated cash consists of COVID Reimbursements and additional sales tax revenue but hasn’t been designated to a specific purpose.
City leaders say that it makes sense to give the extra thousand as a way to thank the first responders who have put themselves in harm’s way.
“They didn’t know what they were expecting or encountering with each case, and so given all of that, it made sense to provide this hazard pay bonus of $1,000. Again, from the City Council’s perspective – from the City’s perspective – it’s well deserved,” said Darrell Shoemaker, communications coordinator for the City of Rapid City.
Roughly 371 first responders are eligible for the payments.